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Holy Week at Our Little Roses

At Our Little Roses, Holy Week is not just a series of events on the liturgical calendar but a deeply immersive experience that touches every aspect of our lives.

Our Little Roses not only observes these holy days but embodies the teachings and spirit of this sacred time year-round. Through our stories, you’ll see how the themes of love, sacrifice, renewal, and joy are woven into the fabric of our daily lives, transforming not just the girls and staff within our community but extending that transformation to our wider circle of supporters and friends.

Join us as we reflect on the significance of each day of Holy Week, share personal insights from our community members, and explore how the lessons of Lent and the joy of Easter are lived out every day at Our Little Roses. Whether you’re familiar with these traditions or learning about them for the first time, we hope this post enlightens and inspires you.

Palm Sunday 

Palm Sunday is the first day of Holy Week, a week before Easter Sunday. Our Little Roses begins Holy Week at the Home with the blessing of the palms on Palm Sunday, followed by processions outside and the Eucharist celebration.

On Sunday afternoon, everyone except the toddlers hops on our bus to head for the mountains to Our Lady of the Roses Retreat Center for three days of fun, relaxation, swimming, hiking, and just kicking back with a good book or a movie. This is a relaxing time for the girls after a hectic few weeks of studying and taking mid-term exams. The fresh mountain air and the lovely river are a perfect place to relax, have fun, and prepare for the Easter Triduum.

Holy Thursday (Maudry Thursday)

Holy Thursday is significant because it commemorates the Last Supper, which was the final dinner that Jesus shared with his disciples. This dinner is considered the institution of the Eucharist and ministerial priesthood. It is also the beginning of the Triduum, which includes Holy (Maudry) Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. 
The atmosphere changes on Holy Thursday at Our Little Roses when the girls and staff participate in the “Mandatum,” the Rite of Foot Washing. This is a beautiful tradition, and we remember how Jesus washed his disciples’ feet before the Last Supper.  The girls show love and respect for each other on this special night. This ceremony holds deep significance for each person who participates. After the service, we share an Agape meal.  The meal is served with notes of love and friendship that show agape, or Christ-like love and solidarity.

Good Friday 

Good Friday falls on the Friday right before Easter Sunday. This day, signifying Jesus’ crucifixion, brings different activities that the older girls of Our Little Roses participate in. They use their creative talents to illustrate the Stations of the Cross on posters that will later be set around the Home. When the sun begins to set, everyone participates in the Stations of the Cross in procession around the different stations while they take turns reading the meditations and prayers.

Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday is always the day before Easter. It represents the last day of the Triduum. On this day many years ago, everyone who knew and loved Jesus came together to mourn the loss of the person they adored. Today, in churches around the world, new members of the faith receive the Sacraments of Initiation and are welcomed into the Church at the Holy Saturday Vigil.

Holy Saturday is commemorated with a ceremony of the Veneration of the Cross. After the prayers, the processional cross is laid on the floor, and the girls place a votive candle and stone around the outline of the cross to represent their transgressions and prayers. After the ceremony, the older girls begin the work of preparing the cross for the Easter Vigil and Resurrection.

Easter 

Easter is not part of Lent; it’s the first day of the Easter season, lasting 50 days until Pentecost Sunday (Sunday, May 19th, 2024). Easter Sunday begins with the Easter Vigil on the Eve of the Resurrection for the older girls. Everyone comes together to celebrate the Resurrected Christ with the processional cross now adorned with flowers that the girls have had the opportunity to place on it. Then everyone can say, ”Alleluya, the Lord has Risen”. 

East Sunday is a day of fun for all the girls.  The Easter Bunny visits and hides eggs, and the girls have a time to laugh, run, play, and be a family!  

How Our Little Roses Embodies the Teachings of Lent Every Day

Easter in Honduras at Our Little Roses

At Our Little Roses, we keep Lent’s lessons in our minds every day. Our mission is to live out the teachings of Jesus in all that we do. His love for all of his followers is why we aim to treat everyone we come in contact with as though they are our brothers and sisters, too. Our girls’ lives are a reflection of Lent and Easter Sunday in many ways; they come from the darkness of poverty, abuse, and neglect, and through the love and support of people like you – the stone is removed, and they are able to live a new life full of possibilities and hope. 

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